We at ZUUL Labs crossed paths with Kelsie, the blogger from It's Dog or Nothing, during a #BlogPawsChat one Tuesday evening, and were excited to share her heartfelt story about rescuing a 4-month-old Great Pyrenees, Balto, from a shelter.
Kelsie struggled in getting Balto from the shelter where she volunteers, to placing him in an appropriate Pyrenees rescue group. Since this type of dog is larger and can be more expensive to care for they are often relinquished into the rescue world, and Kelsie wanted to ensure that Balto would end up in fitting hands that would be able to place him in a suitable forever home.
It was no easy journey getting Balto from the shelter as Kelsie was under a time crunch, and was facing the ultimate road block in lack of immediate response from bigger rescue groups. Luckily, Kelsie was persistent and was getting help from the Great Pyrenees Cross Posting Facebook Site, and in reaching out to smaller rescue groups she ultimately got the response she was looking for. The Great Pyrenees Rescues of Wisconsin said that they would take Balto in if she could get him there.
Kelsie said, "Some dogs just capture your heart in an unexpected way. You bond with them like no other dog. I still see Balto’s soulful eyes looking at me. He needed me as much as I needed him. Two days is all I had with him and I can’t seem to get over “losing” him.
For those of you involved in rescue, I applaud what you do day in and day out. I still believe Balto was special to me and I wouldn’t have had the same experience with another dog, but maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s this hard every time. Some family is about to be extremely lucky." Balto is still available for adoption, but now goes by the name Montanna, the state he came from. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting him, please check out his information on Petfinder!
We love sharing stories like Kelsie and Balto’s and would love to feature more! If you or someone you know has a rescue dog or a rescue story, we want to hear it! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us help share your story and raise awareness of the efforts taken everyday to save dog’s lives.